Blast from the Past: “The Lonely Footsoldier”

Here’s an old story from LP News in December of 1998…

Any thoughts?

12 Responses to “Blast from the Past: “The Lonely Footsoldier””

  1. Phil Says:

    Can anybody tell me who the 10 Libertarian state legislators were, where they served, and when? Just curious.

  2. Richard Winger Says:

    Libertarian nominees for state legislature who were members of the Libertarian Party, who were listed on the ballot as Libertarian, and who were elected, have been: 1978 Dick Randolph; 1980 Dick Randolph and Ken Fanning; 1992, Finley Rothhaus, Andrew Borsa, Don Gorman, Calvin Warburton; 1994, Jim McClarin, Don Gorman; 1998 Neil Randall. In 2000, Steve Vaillancourt was elected to the New Hampshire on the Libertarian line (he didn’t have the nomination of any other party) but he was personally a Democrat, albeit a libertarian-leaning Democrat.

  3. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Richard… was Andre Marrou also in that group?

    And the states were basically:

    Everyone in the late 70’s and early 80’s = Alaska.

    Neil Randall = Vermont

    Everyone else = New Hampshire

    Is that correct?

  4. Daniel Ong Says:

    Richard.. how many were converts i.e. incumbents switching parties while in office and running for re-election as Libertarians?

    How many were elected with cross-nomination, as Randall was?

    I think it would be harder to be elected as a Libertarian without either of these factors.

    As far as I know, no Libertarian has been elected to any statewide or federal partisan office (yet). I hope to be the first!

  5. Richard Winger Says:

    Austin’s right, I forgot Andre Marrou in Alaska in 1984. He’s also right about the states. Three of the four New Hampshire Libertarians elected in 1992 had been elected in 1990 as Republicans, but one of the victors in 1992 was not an incumbent legislator. One of the legislators who had switched to Libertarian in 1991 was not re-elected. So 4 before the 1992 election, and 4 afterwards.

    Five Libertarian legislative victories were done without fusion (Alaska 1978, two in Alaska 1980, one in Alaska 1984, one in New Hampshire 2000).

  6. Austin Cassidy Says:

    What about some of the other parties… Do you have any info on legislative victories for Green and Reform candidates? Obviously Maine has a Green legislator right now, but I vaguely remember one in California a few years back.

    And I seem to remember something about a Reform Party legislator in California back in 1996, but he/she might have been a conversion rather than being elected.

  7. Phil Says:

    Has the Constitution have anyone? I know they almost got one in Montana in ‘04.

  8. Phil Says:

    That was weird wording. I meant to say “Has anyone from the Constitution Party been elected?”

  9. Stuart Richards Says:

    Why did they leave? Were they voted out? Did they quit? If they were voted out, how did that happen?

  10. Richard Winger Says:

    The Reform Party never elected a state legislator. They had one in North Carolina and one in California, but in both cases they converted and when they ran for re-election as Reform nominees, they lost. The Green Party elected a state legislator in 1999 in a special election, but she foolishly left the Green Party and ran for re-election as an independent. She lost. Also the Green Party elected a state legislator in Maine in 2002 and re-elected him in 2004. The Constitution Party has never quite elected a state legislator. Rick Jore was cheated in 2004, and he didn’t win the other two times he ran as a Constitution Party nominee, although he was in office as a Constitution Party legislator when he converted from Republican.

  11. Hardy Machia Says:

    As for other parties, the Progressive Party has six legislators currently serving in Vermont.

    Through some internal friction Randall left the LP in 2000. He ran for House as a Republican and won in 2000. He ran again in 2002 and lost as a Republican.

    The Progs are looking to run serious candidates in 15 seats this fall. The Vermont LP is looking to run serious candidates for 10 seats.

    We’ve raised $10k so far within Vermont to help kick start our races. If anyone wants to help elect Libertarians to state house in 2006 in Vermont where we have small low cost elections, then you can donate on our website at (A $100 donation to Vermont candidates is like a $1000 donation to candidates in big states. Get the most bang for your buck.)


  12. Timothy West Says:

    yes, “internal friction” is a polite way of saying that the asshats decided Neil wasn’t libertarian enough for them, so all their bitching did was drive him into the arms of the R’s and lose the LP a elected seat. A Great Victory for the LP.

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